What is the function of the voice of Leviticus in Daniel 9? Levitical terminology and thought-forms pervade the chapter. This essay argues that intertextual sensitivity to the Leviticus connections in Daniel 9 can make the reader sensitive for new insights in the theological perspective of the chapter.
What is the meaning and function of the reference to the "seventy sevens" to which Daniel 9:24 refers? This study reads the text in the light of a number of Qumran sources. It concludes that these sources refer to the "seventy sevens" as primarily theological expressions rather than a temporal marker.
What do we make of the explanation that Elihu offers for the suffering of Job, since nothing Elihu says seems to come close to describing what happened in the prologue. This article suggests that the account in the prologue is not intended to give a rationale for Job's extensive suffering. The author argues that Elihu's contribution presents a non-retributive reason for Job's suffering, which could mean that ultimately, Elihu's account might be correct.
What is the identity of the valiant woman in Proverbs 31:10-31? Should the life of the ancient successful woman be understood as speaking of social activities in Israel? Should it be limited to religious virtues relevant to Israel?
What is the function of the law on remarriage in Deuteronomy 24:1-4? This article argues that the long history of discussion on the purpose for the law seems to have been misguided. It calls attention to the explicitly stated purpose of the law in verse 4. The concern of this law on divorce and remarriage is to protect the covenant relationship between Israel and Yahweh. In this way, Israel’s position in the land of Canaan is protected.
There are a number of instances in the Old Testament where "elohim" (“God, god”) is accurately translated by the plural (“gods”). Some instances are used of an Israelite divine assembly or divine council under the authority of Yahweh (Psalm 82:1). This raises the question whether the divine plural in the Old Testament is a demonstration of an evolution in the religion of Israel from polytheism to monotheism.